It’s so much fun to see something old get a makeover and a chance at a fresh life. This time its origami paper by RBTXCO celebrating their 7th anniversary.
It’s not impossible to find some quirky origami paper, but unless you’re making your own squares, you’re usually stuck with single pantone colors, foil or traditional patterns. You’ve never seen origami paper like this before!
I think origami is one of the most incredible craft forms ever, transforming a flat object into a 3D one without the need for special tools. Yes, I even used it as the inspiration for my Tokyo Mode Diaries shoot with Emporio Armani, and I had great fun making the lion and rabbit masks for it.
Just look at these pieces made by origami masters from simple to “WHOAH”. Did you know that there are different kinds of origami? The simplest, most pure form is to make something with a single sheet of paper. But there’s “modular” origami, which sees two or more pieces to make a bigger object (like my masks which used 20-30 pages each) and “wet folding” which makes the origami look for curvy, 3D and like a papier-mache sculpture.
But back to RBTXCO, it’s an Osaka-based brand that I imagine gets its main inspiration from Sendak’s children’s storybook “Where the Wild Things Are”. There’s lots of little creatures hidden throughout its designs and motifs, but unlike Tokyobrands that are sweet, this one is a little bit darker and edgier. It’s hard to put my finger on why, but I imagine it has to do with the backstories such as UFOs and aliens and monsters that the brand describes as concept for its collections.
Some great pieces from the next AW 2013 collection and archives: